Background on my relationship with my horse ...
I have had Romeo since June of this year. I bought him as an unbroken 6 year old. He is a very sweet horse, but can be very pushy with me at times. After working with him and a trainer for about 3 months we hit some issues with him bucking and sent him to a reining farm for a couple of months of under saddle work. Romeo is doing extremely well with the cowboys.
Romeo will be coming back home at the end of the month. THe trainers want me to ride him on Thursday, but I am noticing some disturbing behaviors on the ground - one of which found its way into our join-up session today. He is very pushy and has a tendency to try to walk in front of me and push me around with his body. It has gotten worse recently.
Join-up attempt 1 ...
Today I took him into the round pen. I oriented him to the pen and I gave him the go away signal. After about 6 laps I made him change direction at 2 o'clock and do another 5 or so laps. His ear was locked on me and his circles were getting smaller. He tried to come on but I kept my eyes locked on his and sent him back out with my rope. He then started bucking and kicking his inside leg in towards me. I was well out of the kick zone, but I felt the gesture was intentional on his part. I made him stay away and he calmed and lowered his head for periods.
Unfortunately the farm was showing a yearling to a prospective buyer and needed the round pen, so I had to cut our join up short and I did not get the licking and chewing.
I turned my shoulder and he came right up to me.
Would this be considered semi-successful? I know my horse doubts my leadership and I really want to establish that with him on the ground first before I venture into the saddle again, as my last ride on him cost my 3 broken ribs.